"Oksana born in Ukraine is an amazing and rising artist/painter who took a risk to make her dream come true leaving home country to pursue her goals. She started from scratch to succeed. The success story of this young incredible artist shows that American dream still exist for those who have the courage to experiment new challenges, believe in them and work hard with dedication..."
"AlizeLavie Magazine", April 2013 Issue
1996 - Associate degree at Chortkiv Pedagogical School, Ukraine;
1999 - Bachelor degree at Ternopil State University, Psychology Major, Ukraine;
2003 - Bachelor degree at Ternopil State Academy of Economy, Major of Business Management, Ukraine;
2011 - Bachelor degree at University of Connecticut, Major of Business Communications, CT, U.S.A;
Oksana Tanasiv is Ukrainian-American international contemporary artist.
She was born on November 3, 1976 in Ternopil, Ukraine. Her passion for art was ignited as a young child when, while only four years old, she received her first paint brush from her father. In the early 90's she had the opportunity to formerly develop her talent by attending art classes at the Chortkiv Pedagogical School. Oksana continued to develop art skills through years of practice and hard work. Although she dedicated her formative years to earning degrees in Psychology and Business at two Ukrainian institutes, she remained faithful to developing her artistic skills by painting whenever time allowed.
After moving to the United States in 2004, Oksana overcame the challenges of being in a new country without speaking language and support. In a few years she mastered English language and graduated from the University of Connecticut as a Bachelor of General Studies. Despite her overwhelming workload, she never lost artistic passion. Over time, she developed collections including Couture Art, Odeur de Chanel, Fashionista, Faberge, Favorite Dress. She uses individual technique of Swarovski® crystals on canvas to create their jewelries and dresses. Some of her pieces contain up to 10,000 Swarovski® crystals individually clued to canvas. Also, artist discovers individual art techniques to transform the famous designers' creations into canvas art. Her most recent series of work called Dollar Art. It consists of political and social images clearly influenced by her memories of the Ukraine and economical situation in the world. For creation of this collection and delivering important philosophical messages, Oksana is using her individual technique of dollar bills on canvas.
Today, Oksana Tanasiv is a well recognized contemporary realistic artist with artwork sold to collectors worldwide throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Ukraine. Oksana Tanasiv's art is presented in galleries of New York, Connecticut, and Westchester.
Since September of 2012 Oksana is a featured artist of Couture Fashion Week in New York City presenting her Fashion Art Collections every season.
Since March 2012 Oksana Tanasiv is an exhibitor at one of the biggest world trade art shows Art Expo New York on Pier 92.
"Art is philosophy of the world given through images. It’s an important intellectual message, power that could change person's mind..."
"I like challenges in life. They help to improve personality and reach the highest goals. Life without difficulties is too boring. Life has to be a balance of positive and negative things. Art brings this balance into my life and gives me pleasure, relaxation and comfort. I hope that people feel the same through my images”
"The engine of art are emotions... It doesn't matter positive emotions or negative. They need to be, they are necessary to create the art... "
"Роль справжнього художника - відображати реальність життя а не ''припудрювати'' негативи суспільства. Якщо хтось ігнорує проблемu і мириться, то художник розкриває існуючу проблему через філософію зображень..."(ukr.)
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